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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 12,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 20 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Yesterday, or the day before, my blog site quietly slipped past 20,000 cumulative views.  No big deal, but thanks.

I began my blog, Applewoody, in November 2009. From 2010 to 2011, my annual and daily blog hits almost doubled.

Why? Am I getting more creative and interesting, or just more accustomed to this format of expression?

Stay tuned…

Just passed a cumulative 15,000 blog views today. Sounds like a lot, but that’s since November 2009. The good news, I guess, is that the rate of viewing has rapidly increased, but the question is: who’s that looking at it?

and they have again, as less than half as many hits came in on what I thought were some poignant comments on climate change, as I got in my previous blog entries on all the bullshit polling going on and changes to the internet. The first issue could kill us all — the others are relative fluff.

10,000
views all-time

No surprise.  And yes, it is “a blessing and a curse.” Being a high profile brand means you’re always playing the odds, and it’s a 24/7 job.

McDonalds Is Mentioned Every Five Seconds on the Web

By Joe Ciarallo on May 05, 2010 11:29 AM

The statistic comes via Humana’s Director of Consumer Innovation Greg Matthews.

Matthews is attending a conference in Boston, where McDonalds Director of PR Heather Oldani mentioned the number.

“Talk about a blessing and a curse,” said Matthews. McDonalds has six people managing their Twitter stream.

via McDonalds Is Mentioned Every Five Seconds on the Web – mediabistro.com: PRNewser.

Just passed one thousand visitors to my Apple Pressings blog since it went up in mid-Nov. Not sure if that’s doing well, but it’s a thousand more voluntary visits from curious, perceptive people than I had before the blog…

Tomorrow will be the one month anniversary of this blog. It’s been fun, but I’m still learning about how to optimize it, for both content and reach. It’s had over 360 hits, but only 1 on some days. While I am expressing/venting/connecting, I have created anything but a new form of interactive media. Will give it to year’s end and consider if and how to go forward…thanks for tuning in.

Cheers for the holidays!

I’ve finally created a blog, after some years of driving my friends and contacts crazy with emails espousing my views on public relations, the news media, the archaic Electoral College, conservation, travel, all things McDonald’s, local and national politics and policy, and anything else that attracts my attention, however briefly.

The Apple Pressings blog name derives from where I most often write, our Wisconsin retreat that Vicki and I call Applewood Lodge, mostly because the front half of our property is a very antique random apple orchard, and the back part is an even more antique oak forest. In good years, we drag out the wooden apple press I assembled several years ago, and make a fine cider from the varied apple types from more than 200 mature trees. Those pressings, like the ones hopefully to come in this blog, result in a rich blend of flavors that can be very satisfying. Enjoy this written cider!

For openers, if you want to see my copyrighted essays on topics ranging from a historic appreciation of french fries, to issues of big game conservation and tourism in Kenya, to Samuel Johnson and his clubable friends of the first Literary Club in London, to the problem and solutions for the outdated Electoral College system for electing our presidents, to the reconciliation of Dick McDonald with the company he gave his name to, visit http://www.chilit.org, the website of the Chicago Literary Club, and click on my name under the “Roster of members” to download any you wish to peruse.

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